“If we didn’t do something, she was going to die,” Melamed said. “Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well.”
Miller had surgery Tuesday.
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The surgeon said it’s a mystery why Miller’s condition went bad so rapidly and added that she’s made some recovery in the 24 hours since then.
“Nobody wants to end up thinking they’re going to be paralyzed for the rest of their life. That’s a reality that’s facing all of these patients going into it,” Melamed said. ” All you can do is pray and, as a surgeon, you maximize everything you can for the spinal cord to recover itself. I am hopeful.”
In 2017, Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for bankruptcy fraud. She moved to a residential re-entry facility in March.
Melamed said that barring any complications Miller could be released to a rehabilitation center in a few days to continue her recovery.